- The definition of a verb is a word that expresses action or a state of being.
An example of a verb is write.
Write is a verb.
Origin of verbMiddle English verbe ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin verbum, word (used as translated, translation of Classical Greek rhēma, verb, origin, originally , word)
- Abbr. V or vb.a. The part of speech that expresses existence, action, or occurrence in most languages.b. Any of the words belonging to this part of speech, as be, run, or conceive.
- A phrase or other construction used as a verb.
Origin of verbMiddle English verbe, from Old French, from Latin verbum, word, verb (translation of Greek rhēma, word, verb); see wer-5 in Indo-European roots.
- (grammar) A word that indicates an action, event, or state.
- The word “speak” is an English verb.
Verbs compose a fundamental category of words in most languages. In an English clause, a verb forms the head of the predicate of the clause. In many languages, verbs uniquely conjugate for tense and aspect.
(third-person singular simple present verbs, present participle verbing, simple past and past participle verbed)
- (nonstandard, colloquial) To use any word that is not a verb (especially a noun) as if it were a verb.
- (used as a neutral, unspecific verb, often in linguistics and the social sciences) To perform any action that is normally expressed by a verb.